Boycott the Bell! Press Spotlight Weekly Planet, “Picking a Fight” June 7-13. This is an excellent article that ties the history of the Coalition with the Taco Bell boycott: “In today’s anti-corporate atmosphere, the chances that people will choose not to buy are pretty good. Many of those who are beginning to insist that corporate responsibility should go with huge corporate profits are students — exactly the demographic that Taco Bell targets. There are hundreds of Taco Bells on college campuses around the country and plenty of students who’d just as soon shut them down as buy products that are […]
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Taco Bell Boycott: Highlights from the final year
KFC, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, and A&W Restaurants add their weight to the growing movement for Fair Food…
In what should be a portent of great things to come in 2006, the Taco Bell Boycott victory has been cited in several national year-end reviews as a highlight of positive social change in 2005.
The CIW — with a delegation more than 40 strong, including allies from the Student/Farmworker Alliance and Interfaith Action — joined the historic March for Peace in Washington, DC, this past September 24th.
Group champions migrants: The small but influential took on fast-food giant Taco Bell and won higher pay for tomato harvesters.June 6th, 2005
IMMOKALEE — Gerardo Reyes Chávez, 25, sat atop a desk against a mustard-colored wall surrounded by images of Che Guevara, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King Jr. and Our Lady of Guadeloupe.
As workers in Immokalee put the final touches on plans for the 2005 Truth Tour, unprecedented support for the Taco Bell boycott continues to roll in.
A Side Order of Human Rights — The New York Times
U.S.Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
“This is a truly historic agreement, marking perhaps the single greatest advance for farm workers since the early struggles of the United Farm Workers. To the the workers and organizers of CIW, we express our deepest gratitude for their determined work for their own dignity and their historic contribution to advancing the cause of labor rights.” Click here to read the full statement
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What they're saying about the Taco Bell Victory
US Congressional Hispanic Caucus: "This is a truly historic agreement, marking perhaps the single greatest advance for farm workers since the early struggles of the United Farm Workers. To the the workers and organizers of CIW, we express our deepest gratitude for their determined work for their own dignity and their historic contribution to advancing the cause of labor rights.”
Former US President/Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter: “I commend the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for their principled leadership in this very important campaign. I am pleased Taco Bell has taken a leadership role to help reform working conditions for Florida farmworkers and has committed to use its power to effect positive human rights change. I now call on others in the industry to follow Taco Bell’s lead to help the tomato farmworkers.”
Tom Morello, former guitarist for Rage Against the Machine: "Today the Immokalee farmworkers struck a blow for dignity and human rights in the workplace and received the long overdue raise they have been fighting for. This is a major victory for the workers and demonstrates that by standing up and standing together, we can overturn any injustice. By standing up and standing together, we can change the world."
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA): "This is a great victory for the champions of social justice and equality in America and around the world. The cour- ageous men and women of the Coalition of the Immokalee Workers prove that standing strong in the struggle can remove the greatest obstacles, even the resistance of a goliath in corporate industry. This victory once again confirms that the methods of nonviolence can win deep and lasting change in the most powerful institutions of the world, in American government and in corporate conglomerates. I applaud all the Coalition workers who struggled and suffered for years to win greater equality for American workers."
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA): "Yum Brands acceptance of your demands is a great achievement and hopefully only a first step in a widespread awakening to the impacts of corporate policies... It is only through the strength and courage of those few who are willing to stand against insurmountable odds and incalculable risk that true change can be wrought. Your work to end modern day slavery reminds us all that there is still much to be done to end injustice both at home and abroad!
- DOES FARM LABOR SCANDAL POINT TO McDONALD’S SUPPLIER?…
- Jobs with Justice letter to Chipotle
- LABOR EXPERTS ROUNDLY REJECT McDONALD’S “STUDY” ON FARMWORKER WAGES….
- FARMWORKERS LAUNCH 2006 REAL RIGHTS TOUR – CALLING ON MCDONALD’S TO EXPAND GAINS WON IN TACO BELL BOYCOTT VICTORY
- National Farm Worker Ministry MCDONALD’S STATEMENT
- Collier groups work to address human trafficking problem
- LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR CIW TESTIMONY
- ETHEL KENNEDY VISITS IMMOKALEE, PLEDGES TO SUPPORT BOYCOTT!
- VALENTINE’S DAY PROTESTORS TO YUM: “HAVE A HEART!”
- ‘YEAR OF THE WORKER’ PARTY SMASHES PREVIOUS ATTENDANCE RECORD
- HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR FAIR FOOD: Making Dr. King’s Dream Our Reality January 15-16, 2005
- FAITH-BASED SYMPOSIUM A HUGE SUCCESS! NEARLY 40 YEARS LATER, DR. KING’S PROPHETIC VISION ALIVE IN IMMOKALEE, BOYCOTT!
- LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION RELEASES REPORT ON MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
- DEMOCRACY NOW! MAKES MOST RECENT BOOT THE BELL VICTORY HEADLINE NEWS!
- BONNIE RAITT GIVES YUM BRANDS “SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT”!
- “INDIGENOUS DAY” PROTESTS IN MIAMI!
- SOME TIMELY NEWS FROM THE ELECTION WORLD…
- NOTRE DAME CANCELS CONTRACT WITH TACO BELL!
- PAX CHRISTI HONORS CIW AT ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE…
- CIW MEMBER NAMED MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE’S “HELLRAISER OF THE MONTH”!…
7/04: CIW Congressional Briefing - RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights organizes briefing on Capitol Hill for CIW members on slavery, boycott... Click here for report in PDF format
CIW, Root Cause March, protest FTAA Ministerial in Miami - See first-hand daily reports, photos, videos, press
05/04: National student hunger strike boosts Boot the Bell campaign - See photos, press from around country
Pax Christi honors CIW at national conference
MEChA, nation's largest Chicano student organization, endorses Taco Bell boycott, 700 march on Taco Bell in Corvallis, Oregon
*CIW Annual "Year of the Worker" party a huge success- See photos, report
* Palm Beach Post Special Report: "Still harvesting shame"
Miami Herald Special Report:"Florida's Fields of Despair: Destitute Farmworkers Exploited"
Florida BIshops praise CIW for organizing and anti-slavery efforts - See statement and St. Petersburg Times story on religious support for boycott: "Church bells ring in Taco Bell boycott"
National Council of Churches endorses Taco Bell boycott - Read the CNN story
CIW statement on Bush guestworker program picked up by The Nation magazine online... See CIW statement on The Nation's Act Now page
from the Boycott's first 2 years
Click on the link below to see first-hand reports, photos, video, and press from the first two years of the boycott, including:
'02 & '03 CIW actions at Yum Brands annual shareholder meeting
'03: Thousands participate in Taco Bell protest in DC
'03: Immigrant Freedom Ride starts in Immokalee
Leaders of major slavery operation uncovered by CIW found guilty of slavery, extortion and firearms charges
'02 Northeast Mini-tour photos & reports
'02: Daily reports, press, photos & video from the first-ever cross-countryTaco Bell Truth Tour!
COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143
Phone: (239) 657-8311
Fax: (239) 657-5055
Email: workers (at) ciw-online.org